Transatlantic - Sea Days 5 & 6
Sea Day 5
Started the day with another talk by Ian Gooding. The topic for today was Storytelling through Color. Again, my mind was blown at the level of detail and thinking that goes into Disney animated movies. While it was mostly about Moana, Ian also worked on The Princess and the Frog and he started off by talking about how color was used in that movie. He said they took the colors of New Orleans, green, gold and purple and assigned attributes to them. For example, purple was bad or evil. He then showed pictures of where that was used throughout the movie. He said it is never meant for the audience to say "oh I see purple so something bad is going to happen." but it is a subliminal technique.
Tonight on the ship was Pirate night. We have done this on many cruises and had decided to skip the main dining room tonight. Instead, we decided to do a sit down lunch in Lumiere's which we had never done before. We enjoyed it and I actually had my favorite dessert of the whole cruise there, warm apple fritters. YUM!
Next up was an Oil and Vinegar seminar. Like the cheese seminar, there were little cups with a sample of different oils and vinegar. In the center of the table, we had a plate with bread cubes to use to dip in and taste. One of the chefs gave information about each and we got to try. Also like the cheese seminar, there was nothing exotic or new to me, but it was a fun activity.
Then it was time for my afternoon walk before our evening activities.
The show for the evening was Danny Buckler who was a magician. We had seen a little preview of his show on the first night. I really enjoyed him. He was very funny and worked well with his audience volunteers. At the end of the show, he had all of the audience volunteers stand up (there had been two children and one adult) and he said the show was not about him but about them and for everyone to clap for them. A big difference in personality and style than Hector from a few nights earlier
From there we went to the Promenade Lounge where a singing duo were going to doing some Beatles music.
Because we were not going to do the dining room for dinner, we decided while most of the rest of the ship was at dinner or the show, it would be a great chance to do a load of laundry. There are only a handful of machines available on three decks so isn't easy to find an empty machine. But this was a perfect time. We started our wash, went up to the top deck to grab a snack and then returned to throw it into the dryer.
Sea Day 6
Started once again with Ian Gooding. This was basically his last presentation. He would be doing one more session on the last sea day where he would take questions. Today was called My Journey as a Production Engineer. And it was just that. He spoke about growing up in Jamaica, how he started to love Disney and his journey to working for them. He is a very interesting person and I enjoyed this talk and all of his others.
I then went to a Q & A session with Bret Shuford who was the Broadway performer who had done the main show a few nights earlier. It was just ok. Just some questions about how he got started and advice for younger folks who would like to be on Broadway in the future.
The rest of the afternoon was spent relaxing. My foot had decided to act up (tendon issues) and we had a full day of touring the next day so I gave it a rest from walking. We found a spot to sit and did some reading and just hung out.
The evening show was called "Walt Disney: The Dream Goes On." It was a Disney production show that was about the life of Walt Disney. It was fun seeing old movie clips and there were some good music production numbers as well. Those shows tend to be on the corny side, but I like them.
Our dinner was at Animator's Palate and we had the Transatlantic menu.
We went from dinner to the adult area of the ship because we wanted to see the adult performance by Danny Buckler, the magician who did the main show the night before. There was a game show called "The Feud" going on which we caught the end of that was entertaining and then we saw Danny Buckler. He was funny again and I was glad we went, even though it was past my bedtime!
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